As I’ve watched commentary explode on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, I’ve hoped someone would write a “13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why Isn’t Getting It Right” post. But, since I can’t bring myself to watch 13 Reasons Why, I didn’t think I was that person.
And yet… I’m finding myself reading a lot about what others think about 13 Reasons Why and noticing some themes. So, I’ve distilled those ideas into a list. For those who haven’t heard of the series, it is based on a novel by the same name and portrays high schooler Hannah Baker, who makes 13 cassette tapes for the 13 people who she feels are responsible for her death by suicide.
13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why Isn’t Getting It Right - at least as far as it comes to suicide prevention:
Because it doesn’t feel good to present 13 arguments against something without at least one note of positivity, one thing that’s good about 13 Reasons Why is that it’s opening up awareness and conversation about issues that are typically hard to talk about, especially between adults and teens. Though there are many ways it doesn’t get it right in terms of suicide prevention, 13 Reasons Why is hitting the cultural mainstream at just the right moment to push an important issue into the spotlight.
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